Three days before the Marriage Equality Act goes into effect in New York, the 23rd annual NewFest LGBT Film Festival kicks off with fearless, unapologetic works from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
The festival, which started in 1988 and kicks off on Thursday, explores a wide variety of themes besides homosexuality, including myths around asexuality and hermaphrodites, conflicts and resolutions surrounding expressing sexual identity in Muslim and Hispanic communities, the HIV/AIDS crisis in San Francisco in 1980's, and the universality of love regardless of sexuality.
Here are trailers of some of the films that will be shown at the NewFest L.G.B.T. Film Festival.
"We Were Here," a story about San Francisco's gay community in the midst of the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis, will be screened on opening night.
"Wish Me Away" is a story about country music singer Chely Wright coming out to her religious and conservative family, community, and herself.
"Weekend" by Andrew Haigh: When Russell and Glen spend the weekend together, they do not know that their encounter, which was intended to be a one-night stand, would turn into something longer ... but it does.
"Circumstance," a story of two Iranian women going against social and cultural taboos to pursue their love and dreams. Upon revealing their true identities, they also face enormous dangers...
"Orchid: My Intersex Adventure": When she was born, not even the doctor knew whether she was a boy or a girl. Still, she is determined to give voice to dispel the myths around hermaphrodites, and to give a voice to people like her.
"Asexual" is a film that explores issues around of asexual people, who do not want or need to have sex, even in a romantic relationship.
"Gun Hill Road": When Enrique Rodriguez returns home from prison, he discovers his son now identifies as a woman. The film looks at being transgender in a Latino family.